Valley Voice – a column where our cluster members are in focus. This week we talked with Turid Storhaug, Director of New Technologies, Eastern Hemisphere, of NOV. – If you look at this from a Norwegian perspective, I think the biggest challenge and opportunity we have is to transfer our experience from the oil & gas and maritime industries into the low carbon energies, says Storhaug.
1. What are you doing right now?
I am reaching out to the global NOV organization to identify all the things that we do within the field of hydrogen production, transport and storage. It never stops amazing me how much competence and technology there is in this company.
2. How is NOV contributing to the Energy Transition?
NOV is doing a lot. We are building on our long and proud history within oil and gas to provide new and exciting solutions to areas such as offshore wind, CCUS, geothermal drilling, hydrogen, energy efficiency and mineral extraction. One example of this is that two-thirds of the North Sea’s wind turbines are installed with an NOV designed jack-up.
3. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the future?
If you look at this from a Norwegian perspective, I think the biggest challenge and opportunity we have is to transfer our experience from the oil & gas and maritime industries into the low carbon energies. We must develop solutions and technologies which are cost efficient, and which can be exported to other parts of the world. We have been through major transitions before in this country so I am confident that we will do it again!
4. What keeps you awake at night with regards to the energy transition?
The climate change is becoming a reality for many people in the world today through frequent storms, floods, draughts, wildfires etc. I am therefore really hoping that the world leaders make the agreements and commitments needed to do something about it at the coming UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
5. What is the most valuable thing about being a member of Energy Valley?
As a new member we have an expectation that we will meet people within our industry whom we can discuss common challenges and solutions with. We also believe that Energy Valley will be an arena for NOV to showcase all the exciting things we do in the energy industry.
6. Is there any book that has inspired you in the way you lead?
«The Little Prince» by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry may not be the obvious book about leadership. But I think this gem of a book contains a lot of clever philosophy and wisdom. My main takeaways are that I must take care of those I am responsible for, continue to listen to my internal voice and keep a childish curiosity to the world around me.
7. Which Energy Valley member do you want to pass the baton on to?
Thank you, Turid!